V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: someone who has the power and/or authority to judge or decide an issue

Synonyms: judge, umpire, mediator, referee, arbitrator


Tips: An arbiter is essentially a judge. An arbiter is someone who has the final word or authority on an issue. The similar word, arbitrator, denotes a mediator, someone who helps two sides resolve a dispute. The related adjective arbitrary has the same root. See arbitrary for additional analysis.

Usage Examples:

The mayor's office and city council will be the final arbiters on the location of the new ball park. (judges)

The Superior Court judge will be the final arbiter in my law suit. (judge)

The arbiters of fine dining have declared that this is the best new restaurant of the year. (judges)

My mother was always the final arbiter on what I could and couldn't wear to school. (judge, referee)

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